Matuszni Family Archive

collection Matuszni Family Archive
authors Antoni Matuszny
starring Barbara Brączyk; Bernadeta Brączyk; Michał Brączyk; Teresa Brączyk; Magdalena Krauz; Antoni Matuszny; Elżbieta Matuszna; Paulina Matuszna; Elżbieta Wojciuch; Franciszek Wojciuch; Jadwiga Wojciuch
length 04'43
location Poland
year 1984
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0015 018
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Antoni Matuszny, who came from the Beskid village of Laliki, was interested in photography since he was a child. As he recalls, he wanted to save the life of his family and the countryside in the 1970s from oblivion. At the age of thirteen, he bought the first camera, and when he was 24 – the camera of the Soviet Quarz 5.

Film made in Cięcina and Laliki in 1984. 

Part 1

A family celebrates the fourth birthday of the daughter of Antoni and Elżbieta, Paulina. Seated at the table there are the girl’s parents, her grandparents Elżbieta and Franciszek Wojciuch, Jadwiga Wojciuch (Elżbieta Matuszna’s sister) and the Wojciuchs’ cousin, Magda Krauz. The birthday girl is blowing the candles on the birthday cake. Antoni is pouring champagne for the guests and proposes a toast. 

Part 2 

Paulina visits her other grandparents in Laliki with her parents and grandparents. The girl spends time with the children of Antoni’s sister Anna – Michał, Barbara, Teresa and Bernadka. The family is taking a walk in the countryside. One of the cousins is showing the curious Paulina how to milk a cow. 

(KN, AT)



keywords Poland, Cięcina, Laliki, village, cow, family life, family, children, childhood, birthday, cake, candles, champagne, car